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Post by bazjaq on Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:35 pm

Question to members with a toad! When towing do you secure the A Frame to the towbar with a caravan hitchlock? I was wondering what you do when stopping at a motorway service for instance.
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Post by Heanorboy on Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:02 pm

I don't tow a car behind but it does depend on your insurance.
If you leave the car in an unsecured state and it is taken I don't think you would get a pay out. Having said that if when you reach the services and you lock the car and put on the handbrake it is just like you drove it there. Handbrake not applied means the vehicle is insecure as it can be simply pushed away. I personally don't think a hitchlock would cover you as I understand the A frame is very easy to take off of the towing vehicle unlike the towbar required to tow a caravan

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Post by Tinwheeler on Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:43 pm

We always make sure one of us stays with the van when using motorway services but I would use a hitchlock if leaving the unit unattended. It should deter the casual thief if not the 'professional'.

It’s perhaps worth mentioning that the emergency services say you should never leave a hitch lock in place when towing. This is because it would prevent quick separation of the two parts of the unit in the event of an accident.
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Post by bazjaq on Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:43 pm

I will get myself a hitch lock, but will take your advice on board. For use only when parked and handbrake on, thanks.
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Post by Tinwheeler on Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:16 pm

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Post by Gromit on Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:39 pm

It's probably worth getting a spare ignition key cut, without the electronic chip. That way you can disable the steering lock using a key that cannot start the engine.

We do the same as Tinwheeler. There are so many possible scenarios involving both thieves and insurance companies ("Is there a difference?" I hear you cry!) that Sian stays with the van if we stop for a KFC or whatever. It's easier that way.

If we had to leave the vehicles I suppose a Krooklock on the car steering wheel, and locked doors, would be an equally effective a deterrent, whether or not it was attached to the van by an A-frame.

Just don't drive off without removing the Krooklock!!!!
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Post by harrysp on Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:23 pm

Sorry, this won't help with your query, but we don't leave the van unattended at services either.

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